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ASTM E1200-87(2012)

Standard Practice for Preserving Zooplankton Samples

Standard Practice for Preserving Zooplankton Samples E1200-87R12 ASTM|E1200-87R12|en-US Standard Practice for Preserving Zooplankton Samples Standard new BOS Vol. 11.02 Committee D19
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Significance and Use

4.1 Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) buffered formalin (3 to 5 %) can be used as a permanent preservative for zooplankton. Lugol's iodine solution can be used to preserve zooplankton for up to one year. Thirty percent ethanol, 30 % glutaraldehyde, or 25 % vinegar (can use 3 % acidic acid solution) can be used for more temporary storage and preservation of zooplankton samples. A 25 % vinegar solution is preferred to preserve soft-bodied planktonic coelenterates.


1.1 This practice describes the proper procedures for preserving zooplankton samples with either formaldehyde, ethanol, glutaraldehyde, Lugol's iodine solution, or vinegar (acetic acid).

1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.24
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/E1200-87R12
ICS Code: 13.060.30